SEATTLE – (June 14) Seattle University baseball pitchers Janson Junk and Tarik Skubal were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft Wednesday, marking the third consecutive year that multiple Redhawks have been drafted.
“We're very proud of these two guys in how they developed themselves within the system since they began their careers at Seattle U three years ago,” said SU Head Coach Donny Harrel.
Junk, a junior RHP, was the first Redhawk off the board, selected by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round (662nd overall pick). The Federal Way, Wash., native went 6-7 in 21 appearances, including 12 starts, in 2017. He held a 5.92 ERA, had one save and 61 strikeouts in 76 innings. He also had a season-high eight strikeouts in six innings against UNLV. As a sophomore in 2016, Junk had 13 strikeouts in a six-inning appearance.
Skubal was selected in the 29th round (862nd overall pick) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The junior LHP who hails from Kingman, Ariz., did not make an appearance for the Redhawks in 2017 after offseason Tommy John surgery. In 2016, he made eight starts, going 6-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. He tallied a season-high 13 strikeouts in a seven-inning appearance.
“Jansen has just gotten stronger each and every year and it showed up in his velocity,” Harrel said. “Tarik overcame an injury and did not even throw a pitch this year, and was still drafted which is a huge compliment to his talent level. We will wait to see if either of them sign, but to be considered as one of the best players in the amateur draft is a compliment to both of them.”
The duo join 2016 draft picks Brock Carpenter (20th round, Dodgers) and Michael McCann (24th round, Royals), and 2015 draft selections Landon Cray (18th round, Rays), Will Dennis (23rd round, Orioles) and Brian Olson (34th round, Twins) in Redhawks selected since the reinstatement of the Seattle U baseball program in 2010.